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Alex Ward, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

Almost all the pieces are in place to move some meaningful defense acquisition reform. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) are the new chairmen of the Armed Services committees in Congress, and they both have a body of work in that subject. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, are on board with an acquisition overhaul. And the likely nomination of Ash Carter as the new Defense Secretary puts the man behind the Better Buying Power concept at the top job of the Pentagon. Alex Ward is assistant director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the anticipation for reform is mostly just hype.

Tags: Alex Ward , Atlantic Council , Congess , In Depth , DoD

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:22pm EST
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GOP challenges military march in gay parade

Congressional Republicans challenged Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday to explain why the Defense Department allowed active-duty troops to wear their uniforms while marching in San Diego's gay pride parade last weekend.

Tags: DoD , Leon Panetta , gay rights , Congress , Jim Inhofe , J. Randy Forbes

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 05:41pm EDT

Probing problems with Pentagon procurement

Sec. Gates discusses the shortcomings of contracting and procurement policies

Tags: mngt , contracting , Pentagon , President , Barack Obama , Robert Gates , Congress , procurement , Senate , Defense Secretary

Wednesday - 01/28/2009, 06:12am EST
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Republican shift sets up defense budget battle

Rep. Howard (Buck) McKeon (R-CA), who seeks the position of chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, criticizes Obama for the direction of defense spending.

Tags: Howard McKeon , DoD , Robert Gates , budget , leadership , Iraq and Afghanistan , National Journal , Must Reads , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 11/04/2010, 02:40pm EDT

Defense contractors go all-in for incumbents

In races in both the House and Senate, Democratic incumbents have found loyal supporters -- and big donors -- in defense contractors, Politico reports.

Tags: Dorobek Insider , Must Reads , defense contractors , contracting , DoD

Monday - 09/27/2010, 03:19pm EDT